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Former movie star plans to take

Author: Crispina Martinez Belen

Ms. Leilani Navarro, former contract star of OctoArts Films, is thinking of taking legal action against Viva Records for putting her name as among the artists who performed for "Pinoy Kamasutra," the sexy video that aims to teach couples the secrets of lovemaking and which is topbilled by Katya Santos.

Leilani just came back from a five-year stay in San Francisco, California to visit her ailing mother. "Imagine my surprise when friends and relatives told me that they read in the papers that I was included in that sexy video," she said. The name "Leilani Navarro" indeed appears in the cover of the disc, but the credits inside has the name Leilani Vergara.

A Viva Records insider told us it was just a typographical error in the printing. The one who performed in the sexy video is one Leilani Vergara, who's a member of the Viva HotBabes. The former actress' real name was Lailani Navarro, the Viva Records' employee noted.

Just the same, Ms. Navarro would like the name "Leilani Navarro" removed from the cover of the video, and that is why she plans to seek the services of a lawyer. She is a member of the Iglesia Ni Kristo, which makes it even more embarrassing for her, she said.

Anyway, before she left for the US, Leilani had a showbiz career that started when she joined "Ang TV." Among her contemporaries then was Claudine Barretto. Under Star Cinema, Lailani co-starred with Claudine, the late Rico Yan and Diether Ocampo in "Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita." She later became a contract star of OctoArts Films for which she made several movies, among them "Bunso, Isinilang Kang Palaban" with Jeric Raval; and "Leon Cordero" with Raymart Santiago. She also appeared with Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. in some movie projects.

Her last movie, she recalled, was the multi-awarding Gil Portes' film "Munting Tinig." She played a teacher; "in fact, the story started with me," she said. "My character, who was replaced by Alessandra de Rossi in her teaching job, later went to work abroad where she was I think molested."

She had a thriving showbiz career, but then it came to a time that all she was getting were offers to go bold and sexy in films. What could have been her debut album under Star Records also went pffttt. That was when she decided to leave for the US.

It was there where she honed her singing talent. She had a one-year contract to work at the Cache Creek Casino in Northern California. She was part of a cabaret show that included as performers Jo Awayan, Leonard Obal, Lerma de la Cruz, and other Filipino talents now based in the US. "We did singing and dancing," Leilani related.

On Sept. 29, Jo will have a show at Waterfront Casino in Cebu. On Oct. 11, she will be at Zirkoh Greenhills. Jo used to perform at the Cosmo Bar along Annapolis. According to her, the owners plan to reopen Cosmo Bar, but this time along Connecticut, also in Greenhills.

There was also quite a queue of music lovers buying copies of the album!

The live show started quite early in the evening inspite of the threat of a heavy downpour just like in previous nights.

The album is by itself a powerful marketing strategy! Why?

Fifteen of the country's top bands are in it, each contributing their respective masterpieces! Hence, as a music lover, particularly of Jamaican music, you get all what you need to listen to in one album!

Except for four of the bands because of previous commitments out of town, eleven of the bands performed during the Saturday launch of the album.

The bands and their respective numbers are:

G2 and the Bundocks -- "Dream Melody;" Coffee Break Island -- "Sweet Lovin;" The Spaceflower Show -- "Boogieman;" Indio 1 -- "Sister Sinister;" Domestic Grass -- "Down and So Lonely;"

Shuffle Union -- "Dance With Me;" Humble Sauce -- "Humble Beginnings;" Sefyla -- "Hangover Song;" Peacepipe -- "Ngiti;" Mudlow -- "Sarung Banggi;" Junior Kilat -- "Sigbin (Dub);" Enchi -- "Lab Stori;" Brown Outfit Bureau -- "Miguel;" The Chongkeys -- "Diksyonaryo," and Cherry Cornflakes -- "It's Over."

It was quite uplifting to have watched them perform live! You feel so proud we have such great artists!

A little more notes about the bands or their songs:

"Boogieman" by the Spaceflower Show is "a song with free-flowing pulsating rhythms, coupled with moving lyrics and infectious melody."

G2 and The Bundock has been playing 311 tunes, a harmonious blend of rap, reggae and ska. They are now performing and recording their original works.

The Chongkeys describe their music "as a little rock, a little funk, a bit of hardcore and a soulful blend of reggae. Their song, "Diksyonaryo," keeps you laughing.

The songs of Coffee Break Islands "are products of their continuing experimentation of combining punk, ska, soul, and rock n' roll music."

And Peacepipe's "Ngiti" "gives the positivr flavor to a very inspiring, enriching, and simply entertaining album of the outstanding musical works called "Doobie Nights!"

'Super Inggo' meets

Asked how he feels about the success of his show, Makisig humbly expressed, "I am happy that all the hard work we have put in on the show is paying off. I am overwhelmed with the support that 'Super Inggo' is getting from the public. I am really very grateful."

Bayanihan now Karangahan

Our congratulations to Nunistell Mae Fulo, a product of the Bayanihan National Dance Company and now a member of the equally multi-awarded Karangahan Philippine Dance Company, who's getting married today to Shane Alan Lee.

The wedding is scheduled today at 1 p.m. at the Queen of Peace Parish in Bacolod City. Reception will be held at the La Proa Ballroom of L'Fisher Hotel.

Well-travelled Nunistell is the daughter of Nunilon and Estela Fulo of Bacolod City. The bride, who'll be wearing a specially made gown by Johnjohn Ditching, is a Fine Arts graduate from La Consolacion College in Bacolod.

The groom, on the other hand, is an American businessman from Florida, USA, who like Nunistell has also travelled to different countries of the world. Shane Alan is the son of Kenneth Terry Lee and Merrie Jane Lee.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 24, go to Manila Bulletin Chairman Don Emilio T. Yap, Senator Edgardo Angara, Kokoy Romualdez, Julia Clarete, Mercedes S. David, Larry Silva, Lorna Viernes, Susan Priscilla Reyes, Lydia Astudillo, Malie Gatchalian, Mercedita Cruz, Gerry Katigbak, Emma Yuhico, Baby Alfonso, Mi Enriquez, Jose Dizon Jr., Nonietta Diga, Dr. Gem Reyes, Germany-based Nena Rodriguez, Noel Valenzuela, Bulgin Manapat, Isabel Tapia Bernal, Ivy Y. Lo of Fairview; Dolphy and Zsa Zsa's daughter Zia ...Happy wedding anniversary to Bong and Cecilia Aquino, and Tats and Babic Faustino...Beth J. USA celebrates its 3rd year anniversary on Sept. 28 and in gratitude to its patrons will have a special promo for its liquid soaps, germecidal liquid and whitening lotions. Locally, the Beth J. Skin Care will also have special promos at Landmark Dept. Store in Makati. Beth J. said she is open for dealership and franchising. Many of our movie./TV actresses have proven Beth J. products' effectivity that's why they're still using them...

Source: The Manila Bulletin